By Ellen's Good News - The Good News
Some see LEGOS; others see opportunity. Twelve-year-old Shubham Banerjee sees both.
The 7th-grader from San Jose, CA has taken it upon himself to create a new Braille printer that's 82 percent cheaper than others on the market, and made entirely from a LEGO set. He's dubbed his device "Braigo," and he's ready to make a difference.
"I've been loving LEGOS since I was 2 years old," Shubham tells the Good News Blog. "And in the mail that came to our house, I noticed those posts that said, 'Help the blind people with donations.' I had no idea about Braille, so I asked my parents how blind people read and they said Google it."
Upon further research, Shubham discovered that typical Braille printers cost about $2,000, and he felt that was unnecessarily expensive for someone already at a disadvantage. Thus, he put his brain to work, and the first thing that came to mind was to create an alternative using his favorite toy. He took the LEGO model Mindstorms EV3 and devised a new kind of Braille printer that's only $350. ...more